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Joanne Hanks
 Interview(s): Dr. Ginger Campbell and Joanne Hanks
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This week on Skepticality, Derek first sits down with Dr. Ginger Campbell to chat about her new book, Are You Sure? The Unconscious Origins of Certainty, to find out more about why it is difficult for any of us to be certain about many things. Then, Derek has a discussion with Joanne Hanks, the author of “It’s Not About The Sex” My Ass, about her journey deep into the world of fundamentalist Mormonism, and her move to becoming a skeptic and critical thinker.
Show Notes

– Date – October 3, 2012
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Skepticism, Past and Future

– The Miracle of the Sun event took place October 13, 1917.
– Nancy Fowler’s Conyers apparitions also took place on the 13th of the month, including October.
– The Miracle Photographs taken in Conyers were debunked by the Georgia Skeptics.
– The Shroud of Turin was found to be a medieval forgery by carbon dating announced October 13, 1988. is a web site and a browser extension to add missing sources for news articles.
Balancer is a browser plug-in to help you diversify your sources of political news.
– Two smartphone apps (Ad Hawk and SuperPAC) can identify US political ads by sound.
– Truth Market allows the general public to create and fund cash challenges of dubious claims.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at Tim’s blog.

Unnatural Virtue

Telepathy has been studied by scientists since 1882.
– Some of the best results came from the so-called ganzfeld experiments.
– Parapsychologist Dean Radin reviewed these experiments in The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena.
– In the 19th century, the study of ESP was called 'psychical research', That term gave way to 'parapsychology'
– Today many parapsychologists call their field 'anomalous cognition'.
– Some scientists, like Charles Tart, consider their work to be in the field of 'consciousness studies.'
– Tart thinks the mind is separate from the brain and that materialism is at an end because of findings in parapsychology.
Tart sees a spiritual quest driving those who pursue such studies.
– Scientists, like Joseph Banks Rhine and Rupert Sheldrake, have attributed telepathy or clairvoyance to animals.
– Topics of interest to those studying telepathy include: psychic drift, the psi assumption, the psi-focus assumption, the psi-conducive state and sensory leakage.
The Skeptics Dictionary and Skeptic's Dictionary for Kids.
– A paperback edition of Unnatural Acts: Critical Thinking, Skepticism, and Science Exposed! is now available from For more info, click here. The eBook is still available.

The Odds Must Be Crazy

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Sexual Brain Science – Interview(s) Dr. Ginger Campbell & Joanne Hanks

Dr. Ginger Campbell is a medical professional and host of the 'The Brain Science Podcast' and 'Books and Ideas' podcasts.
– Ginger sometimes is part of the Atlanta Skeptics events.
– Her first book, "Are You Sure?", is now available as an e-book.
Elizabeth Loftus has done quite a bit of research on the topic.

Joanne Hanks is the co-author of 'It's Not About The Sex… My ASS'.
– The tale of one woman's journey through being a polygamist in a Mormon cult.
– Mormon's believe that God and Jesus reside on the planet Kolob.
– The cult leaders wanted to go back to how the Mormon's practiced thier faith before Utah became a state.
Helaman Pratt decided to take many Mormons down to Mexico to go back to 'real' Mormonism.
– United States GOP Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney is the Great, Grandson of Pratt.
Mormon scripture is quite oppressive to women.
Brigam Young University has had university police spy on students to see if they are going to known gay estashbliments.
– Some BYU students are speaking out online about some of the problems.
– TV Shows like 'Big Love' or 'Sister Wives' are fair depictions of modern fundimental Mormon polygamy.
– Much television and media coverage was given to Joanne and her cult through folks like John Stossel.
– Joanne got permission to use one of the articles by Steven Novella in the book.
You can read a large excerpt of the book on the website.
– Their cult leader made them prepare for the return of Christ on March 25th 2000 to Manti, Utah.

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